NFL Week 9 Picks
NFL Week 9 Schedule
The 9th week of the NFL regular season is scheduled as following:
|November 1st Match-ups|
|Time||Home Team||Away Team|
|8:20 PM||San Diego Chargers||Vs.||Kansas City Chiefs|
|November 4th Match-ups|
|Time||Home Team||Away Team|
|1:00 PM||Green Bay Packers||Vs.||Arizona Cardinals|
|1:00 PM||Jacksonville Jaguars||Vs.||Detroit Lions|
|1:00 PM||Tennessee Titans||Vs.||Chicago Bears|
|1:00 PM||Cincinnati Bengals||Vs.||Denver Broncos|
|1:00 PM||Washington Redskins||Vs.||Carolina Panthers|
|1:00 PM||Cleveland Browns||Vs.||Baltimore Ravens|
|1:00 PM||Indianapolis Colts||Vs.||Miami Dolphins|
|1:00 PM||Houston Texans||Vs.||Buffalo Bills|
|1:00 PM||Seattle Seahawks||Vs.||Minnesota Vikings|
|4:05 PM||Oakland Raiders||Vs.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|4:25 PM||New York Giants||Vs.||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|8:20 PM||Atlanta Falcons||Vs.||Dallas Cowboys|
|Novembers 5th Match-ups|
|Time||Home Team||Away Team|
|8:30 PM||New Orleans Saints||Vs.||Philadelphia Eagles|
This week is full of hard hitters facing up against each other, including 2011 Super Bowl winners New York Giants against the great defensive line of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Chicago Bears vs. Tennessee Titans; Bears to Win
|Chicago Bears||-4 -105|
|Tennessee Titans||+4 -115|
The Bears have been crushing their opponents, with only one loss early on in the season, they have been able to regroup and started showing the other NFL teams they still have a Super Bowl worthy team.
|Chicago Bears||Tennessee Titans|
|8||Average Score For||21|
|2||Average Score Against||31|
The Chicago Bears, currently with a 6 – 1 record, are playing on the road against the Tennessee Titans; which have not been having a great season. Apart from their loss against the Packers on the road, they have been able to win the rest of their road games and by big differences too. They do well against teams that have a weaker defense than they do, and especially when their own defense is in such great shape. The Titans may have the home field advantage, but the Bears have QB Jay Cutler leading the offense, along with RB Matt Forte, and WR Brandon Marshall, who have been crucial for the Bears offense. Meanwhile, the Bears defense has greats like OLB Lance Briggs with his speed and forethought and CB Tim Jennings and his great ability to read passes and intercept them.
The Bears defense will do a good job at stopping the Titans offense, including their passing, while their offense simply takes advantage of the weaker Titan defense to continue scoring throughout the game. This match will certainly end with a high score for the Bears, while the Titans will have to rely more on their field goals.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Oakland Raiders; Buccaneers to Win
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+1 -105|
|Oakland Raiders||-1 -115|
Tampa Bay has had a weird season, being able to beat tough opponents like the Chiefs and the Vikings, but have not had the same luck against their other weaker opponents. If anything, the Buccaneers have a good chance a beating the Raiders this week.
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Oakland Raiders|
|9||Average Score For||22|
|15||Average Score Against||25|
Both of these teams have weaknesses that benefit the opposing team’s strengths. The Buccaneers still have a better chance at winning this match due to its better overall offense. Both of the defenses are pretty well matched, so it will be up to the Buccaneers offense to win the game for them. Their QB, Josh Freeman, is doing a good job at getting those touchdown passes to WR’s Vincent Jackson (5 touchdowns) and Mike Williams (4 touchdowns). If their passing isn’t helping, they can also rely on RB Doug Martin who has been crucial for getting those needed yards and touchdowns. Connor Barth, their kicker, has also been doing great, so even if their offense is stopped, they can always get the field goals.
Tampa Bay has done a great job at maintaining possession of the ball, and even though they have lost their games this season, it has been by small margins. With the Buccaneers better offense they will be able to get quite a few more touchdowns than the Raiders. Expect to see a great back and forth from these two teams.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants; Giants to Win
|Pittsburgh Steelers||+3½ -115|
|New York Giants||-3½ -105|
It looks like the new uniforms for the Steelers paid off last week when they beat the Redskins, but it may not bring them enough luck this week when they play against the Giants. Either way, this is going to be a great matchup and should not be missed.
|Pittsburgh Steelers||New York Giants|
|13||Average Score For||3|
|9||Average Score Against||8|
The Giants have been showing just how great their offense is, and with already two losses on their record, they do not want another. Even though the Steelers offense has been improving, they have not been able to overcome other strong offensive teams. The Giants may not have the best defense in the league when it comes to the numbers, but they have certainly outdone themselves on the field. Already getting 21 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, and 16 interceptions is sure to bring the Steelers offense, which has the habit of letting their QB Ben Roethlisberger get sacked, into a tight spot. The Giants, along with QB Eli Manning and his great lineup of runners and receivers, including RB’s Ahmad Bradshaw (4 touchdowns) and Andre Brown (5 touchdowns) and WR Victor Cruz (7 touchdowns), may be able to surpass the strong Steeler defense.
This will be a close game, with the Steeler defense making it hard for the Giants offense to score, but at the same time the Giants defense stopping the Steelers offense. It will be a high scoring game on both sides, but the Giants will take the win in the end.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons; Falcons to Win
|Dallas Cowboys||+4½ -115|
|Atlanta Falcons||-4½ -105|
The Atlanta Falcons are on a 7 game winning streak this season, with 0 losses on their record. Their next opponents are the Dallas Cowboys and it will mean they get to continue with their winning streak if they continue to play the way they have this season.
|Dallas Cowboys||Atlanta Falcons|
|23||Average Score For||5|
|18||Average Score Against||7|
Going into this match, both teams are very balanced when it comes to both offense and defense; when you look at the overall numbers it is true. When you take a further look into their performances, we can see that the Cowboys do not have a very strong leader on the field, with QB Tony Romo unable to keep his team together and throwing a high number of interceptions. The Cowboys just have not had good ball possession, losing it quite often. On the other hand, the Falcons have a strong leader, who has been very accurate with his passes and his decisions on the field. The Falcons offense does a good job at switching between their rushing and their passing, always making it hard for their opponents to be effective.
The Falcon defense has also been extraordinary, being able to keep their opponents from scoring a lot, and creating opportunities to regain possession. The Falcons are going to dominate this match, getting plenty of touchdowns and being able to stop the Cowboys from scoring.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints; Eagles to Win
|Philadelphia Eagles||+3½ -115|
|New Orleans Saints||-3½ -105|
The Saints, despite their incredible performances throughout the season, have been unable to tie that in with game victories. Playing at home may give them an advantage, but the Eagle defense is set to stop Drew Brees and the Saints offense.
|Philadelphia Eagles||New Orleans Saints|
|28||Average Score For||6|
|16||Average Score Against||30|
As mentioned above, the Saints have certainly shown how good they could be, but have been unable to neat the teams that were supposed to be victories. The Eagles have slowly progressed through the season, getting important victories thanks to their efficient defense; which allowed their offense to play a little more relaxed. With the Saints defense being in such weak state, the Eagles offense will be able to score more often than they have in any other game. On the flip side, the Eagle defense may have a good chance at stopping the Saints offense, at least enough to get a victory.
Saints QB Drew Brees relies a lot more on the passing game, which could be a reason they have been unable to win. Eagles QB Michael Vick has learned to switch the offense up, in order to always confuse the defense. This will be their chance to get an even record.